It may sound completely bizarre, but a bite from the lone star tick can lead to an especially inconvenient allergy: meat. These ticks can be found in the Southeast, Texas, Iowa and parts of New England, and bites from them have been found to trigger an allergic reaction to a carbohydrate called alpha-gal that’s found in cows, pigs, sheep and other animals. A study last year by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that more than 8,000 cases have been reported, proving that, for more reasons than you might have realized, ticks are a major summer health danger you need to be prepared for.

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